Meet Our Miami Team

All of our professionals are highly educated and experienced to meet strict national accreditation criteria as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  All of our ABA Therapists and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are closely supervised by our board certified professionals to meet Lotus Behavioral Interventions' high quality standards of both scientific rigor and therapeutic care.

Karelix Alicea, M.S., BCBA, ITDS

Karelix Alicea is the founder and president of Lotus Behavioral Interventions and co-founder of the Miami Association for Behavior Analysis (MiABA).  Most recently, Miss Alicea founded The Lotus Children (TLC), a non-profit dedicated to allocating ABA therapies and resources to underprivileged children with autism throughout the world.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) who has been working with children diagnosed with autism and other pervasive developmental delays since 2001.  Her mastery of the science combined with her love and compassion for children on the autism spectrum have allowed her to help countless children and families with the highest quality of care.  Miss Alicea received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Jacob L. Gewirtz at Florida International University (FIU), and is currently in the process of completing an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University with an anticipated graduation in 2019.  Following a period of almost 10 years of experience in the field, she founded Lotus Behavioral Interventions in 2009.  Miss Alicea taught undergraduate-level behavior analysis coursework for several years at FIU and is currently both an undergraduate adjunct professor in behavior analysis at Carlos Albizu University, and a graduate intensive practicum supervisor at Simmons College, an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accredited program.  She has presented on the benefits of sign language and telehealth services for children with autism in addition to ethical service delivery, supervision and entrepreneurship at various professional conferences, including the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and ABAI. Miss Alicea is an active member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and can render services in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL).
 
 
 
 

Mariam Nawabi, M.A., BCBA

Mariam has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since June of 2015.  She originally began her professional career as a pre-school teacher and very quickly became intrigued with the benefits of using applied behavior analysis (ABA) within a classroom setting for children with special needs.  This prompted her to go back to school and earn her master's degree in ABA from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a BCBA with a well-rounded background in assessments, interventions and parent / staff training. Mariam is a highly motivated and passionate professional who has presented her research on preference assessments at the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).  She feels that helping children with special needs allows her to fulfill her passion of giving back to the community and society at large. Mariam can render services in English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Yelenny Lopez, M.S., BCaBA

Yelenny has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since June of 2015.  She recently graduated with a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Simmons College and will soon be working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida International University where she first gained experience working in a summer camp for children diagnosed with autism under the direction of Dr. Anibal Gutierrez.  Yelenny feels a deep sense of gratification in witnessing the growth of the children she works with and looks forward to a fruitful career in ABA for many years to come.  She expanded Lotus' ABA therapy services to Puerto Rico and is currently providing assessment, treatment and supervision services to children with autism on the island.  She is able to render services in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL).

Nina Picot, M.S., BCaBA

Nina has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since July of 2015.  She has a master's degree in mental health counseling with a minor in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Nova Southeastern University and is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Nina is a caring, compassionate and dedicated clinician committed to achieving the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of life of every child and family she works with.  Nina can render services in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language (ASL).

Anylec Suarez, B.A., BCaBA

Anylec has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since August of 2015.  She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in behavior analysis from Florida International University and is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Anylec loves spreading her knowledge and passion for the field of behavior analysis by teaching Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training courses to interested members of the South Florida community.  She is a passionate and self-motivated individual who feels a deep sense of gratification when helping others.  She is currently obtaining her master's degree in behavior analysis at Nova Southeastern University and is working on her continued independent fieldwork hours in the hopes of becoming a BCBA in the near future. Anylec can render services in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL).

Kevin San Juan, B.A., BCaBA

Kevin has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since May of 2016.  He completed a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis at Florida International University (FIU) and is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Kevin is a highly caring, kind and patient person with a keen attention to detail.  He felt a strong attraction to the field of behavior analysis as an undergraduate student and looks forward to implementing the techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to encourage the development of children on the autism spectrum for many years to come.  He is currently obtaining his master's degree in behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and is working on his continued independent fieldwork hours in the hopes of becoming a BCBA in the near future.  Kevin can render services in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Joshua Sequeira, B.A., BCaBA

Joshua has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since December of 2016.  He has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Joshua is a compassionate and patient person who enjoys helping others.  He fully enjoys working in the field of behavior analysis and looks forward to helping many children on the autism spectrum as a Lotus team member.  Joshua can render services in English and Spanish.

Andrew Adasme, B.A., RBT

Andrew has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since April of 2016.  He has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with the Behavior Analyst Certification board (BACB). Andrew is a very patient and emphathetic individual with volunteer experience with the Special Olympics who looks forward to a fruitful scholastic and professional career in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Andrew can render services in English and Spanish.

Miguel Villar, B.A., RBT

Miguel has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since January of 2017.  He has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis at Florida International University (FIU) and is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with the Behavior Analyst Certification board (BACB). Miguel is a very patient and empathetic individual.  He is eager to further his career in behavior analysis so that he may improve the lives of children on the spectrum.  Miguel can render services in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Dayanara Rivera, B.A., RBT

Dayanara has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since January of 2017.  She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with the Behavior Analyst Certification board (BACB).  Her professional goal is to help children in any way necessary for them to lead happy and successful lives.  She is a bright, responsible and mature therapist who displays a wonderful sense of creativity when working with children on the spectrum.  Dayanara can render services in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

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